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    Night Glasses

    Hi,

    I don't need to wear (reading) glasses, and when riding during the day, I usually wear sunglasses.
    When riding at night I don't wear any glasses. Sometimes I wish there was some kind of eye protection.

    Do you (non-reading glasses users) wear any kind of glasses at night?

    I'm sure there are clear-lense glasses out there.
    Maybe with replacable lenses, so the lenses could be replaced to dark lenses during the day?
    But then it's a hassle to carry, and keep from breakage...

    Any ideas will be helpful.

    Tal.

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    there's any number of ways to go. if you wanna go real cheap just get some protective goggles from the hardware store. i got some cool (but expensive) native glasses that came with 4 different sets of lenses--one of which is clear. but for night i just use the yellow ones.
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    Many styles of sports sunglasses have interchangeable lenses. You can get clear lenses for these glasses. You can also get relatively stylish safety glasses at any of the big home improvement stores.

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    I wear Oakleys with changeable lenses.

    Tinted for sunny days.
    Shooting lenses (yellow / amber) for overcast / night.
    Clear for overcast / night.

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    I have a pair of glasses with the exchangable lenses and I wrap the clear or yellow lenses in the cleaning cloth so that I can take them with me. As the lenses are made from a polycarbonate substance you are not going to break them (unless you crash and land on them) so they are safe to stick into a pocket.
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    Performance sells acceptable-quality interchangeable-lens sunglasses that include clear lenses for about $25. I've used them fairly often at night. But not infrequently it's either too foggy, misty, or rainy to see the cue sheet very well, so I end up taking them off. Still nice to have.

    Quote Originally Posted by Extort
    I have a pair of glasses with the exchangable lenses and I wrap the clear or yellow lenses in the cleaning cloth so that I can take them with me. As the lenses are made from a polycarbonate substance you are not going to break them (unless you crash and land on them) so they are safe to stick into a pocket.

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    I have clear, amber, and dark lenses, but I think glasses are more harm than good except when it's dry if you ride in the dark. If you are in fog, light rain, or snow, you will quickly have tiny droplets of moisture on your lenses that makes them virtually opaque. Besides, in those sort of conditions, there are never bugs in the air, and the moisture tends to suppress dust and other debris.

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    I bought a pair with clear glasses at Home Depot for about $10 for night riding. They had numerous styles and lens colors. They seem to work to work every bit as well as my Oakleys.

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    I have a set of clear ones from performance. I have some good glasses with replaceable lenses, but I don't like doing the switch. I have contacts, and riding without glasses to cut the wind is not comfortable...
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    I need prescription lenses (well I don't really when riding, but they stop me squinting a lot). I have a pair of wraparound glasses that change colour from dark to clear. I put them on at the start, and don't take them off until I finish (or go to bed for a nap). It means you don't put them down and run the risk of losing them, and you don't risk breaking the frames changing out the tinted/non-tinted lenses all the time.

    I mention them because I can't see a reason why you can't get a pair of optically accurate lenses to go in your favourite and most comfortable sunglasses frames that have the UV and light-sensitive tint. There is no significant grinding required... just shaping to the lense, and that, with plastic lenses, is not difficult and shouldn't be expensive.

    You might pay a bit more, but the lenses also can be specified with a hard coating to resist scratching.

    Mine lasted around three years before the frame broke about a month ago. I've just bought a cheap pair of frames for $17 after matching the curve of the lenses, then filed down the lenses to fit. They are like new again and will get me through until my next new prescription later this year. Oddly, the frame on my normal prescription tri-focal glasses broke 10 days ago, too, and I did the same renewal job with a $1 pair of frames... they look rather snazzy, actually. I mention all this only to show that having a pair of "normal" sunglasses frames with tinted lenses isn't difficult to achieve by the optometrist (despite what they might tell and what they might charge).
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    like ericgu, I have contacts and I use glasses so that the wind doesn't dry my eyes out. mostly, at night and on overcast days, I ride with amber lenses, which I mostly rely on to cut the glare from oncoming headlights. For more desolate roads with less traffic, I sometimes switch to clear lenses, but more times than not, I forget to pack the clear ones and just stay with the amber ones.

    I also find that attaching an old MTB visor to one's helmet is pretty good about cutting down on rain droplets getting to your lenses.

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    There are eyeglasses with Transition lenses that go from transparent in low-level lighting conditions to shaded when you go out in the sun. I believe you can just get them without a prescription, but they can be a bit expensive.

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    In the sporting goods section of big box stores, they sell shooting glasses cheap and seem to work ok. Also I have good luck with some safety glasses. There are several types of those available, and many are not dorky looking.

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    I've got pairs of both UVEX and bomber safety glasses that I use for lab and workshop protection. If i'm riding at night, i'll usually just grab one of them.
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    Clear fog free safety glasses at night for me:
    http://www.tasco-safety.com/sglasses/sglasses02.html#b


    I had Lasik done on my eyes years ago, so I tend to want max protection and S&W and Olympic Flame gives me the style I prefer wearing in both clear and sunglass types. Lot of sand/dust is kicked up along my commute. The price is right too, so I don't feel too bad if they get scratched/lost/stolen or if I have to replace them.

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    You should wear a clear protective lens when riding at night, but depending on where you live this time of the year your not going to get any bugs anyways. Never the less, it's a good idea to wear eye protection at all times when on you bike.

    You can buy expensive lenses or Walmart has a line of interchangeable lens you can get; or just wear safety glasses that's what I wear because their cheap and actually have stronger impact resistence. But if you go the safety lens route, check for any visual imperfections, like wavy lens or distortion before buying, because the really cheap ones are not that good optically.

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    I use a cheap pair of shade-level glasses where the top is slightly tinted and the bottom is clear. This works ok with me but clear glasses are better. I've also got a pair of darker tinted glasses which can't be used at night so I use the shade-level glasses for dual purpose as during the day when it's really bright and sunny it does help to cut down the glare slightly but not as good as the darker tints.

    I always wear glasses be it day or night. In the summer time I've had a few times when moths and bugs flew into the eyes as I assume it was because of the reflection in the eyes. It also keeps the sand, rain, and dust out of the eyes. Not to mention when some prick decides to shoot a paintball at your face at least the glasses can protect to a point (unless the shot came in sideways by the eye and just under the glasses arms). If you can't see, you can't fight/ride. Protect the eyes.


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    I agree about wearing eye protection while riding. I have a pair of Ray-Ban prescription sunglasses for bright days. I use amber safety glasses for low light and night riding. Amber (or the new pink/magenta) brightens all grays and other low light shadows. Competition shooters have known this for years.

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    Wrap around glasses are prefered for a all-around open airy protection. If you're concerned about an 'all threats' situation like some punks hosing you with paintballs into the eyes then opt for goggle sunglasses like some of the guys out in the sandbox (in the current war front).

    I've heard a lot of good things from this company as well as comments from those on the front lines. If it's good enough for them it's more then good enough for your daily uses. Always nice to know that if you've got a 12ga shotgun pointed your way that the goggles can take the scatter pack at 10meters away going 1200 FPS. In real world situations that would be pelletguns, paintball guns, or pebbles kicked up off cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma
    I like the SG-1's and am saving up for a pair.
    I own a pair of PT-1's Rommer 2's and SG-1's and love all three. Wiley X makes some very good eye wear, they're tough and have excellent optics. That said I don't find the SG-1's great for riding as they cut down on my peripheral vision.
    But whichever ones you want, you can find great deals on eBay. I got my PT-1's (with three lenses) for $30 and my Rommers (with four sets of lenses) for under $60. The SG-1's were a gift from a buddy who was issued them when he went on deployment (and had pretty much the same complaint I did).

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    My RUdy's have multiple colored lenses. I like the yellow colored lenses for night conditions. They cut down on glare, so I often using them for night driving.

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    Hi,

    Thank you all for the suggestions.

    You tought me of the Wiley X brand, and I bought the B-2 model.
    I got two lenses: polarized and clear.
    Changing the lenses is very easy, and takes less than a minute.

    I used them for a month now, and I like them.
    I now use them as my sole sunglasses. Even when not on the bike.

    One minor thing worth noting: The rubber pads of the frame goes off too easily.
    Maybe I'll tape it when riding or something.

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    I have progressive lenses in my prescription glasses (like bifocals without the line), and that's very hard/impossible to get that into a wraparound pair of cool-looking sunglasses. So, I wear my normal eyeglasses which also have transition lenses. And, for added wind and sun protection, I wear a pair of fit-over "Coccoon" sunglasses. I look very Freddish, but it seems to work very well.
    This is also my system for mountaineering- the combination of the transition prescription lenses and the Coccoons give me enough light filtration to climb glaciers. At night, I just take off the Coccoons and ride with just the eyeglasses, which while not wraparound (and not perfect for wind and rain protection), seem to suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchel
    IAt night, I just take off the Coccoons and ride with just the eyeglasses, which while not wraparound (and not perfect for wind and rain protection), seem to suffice.
    You can get clear wrap arounds at places like Lowes or Home Depot...their just safety glasses designed to go over perscription glasses; they'll set you back about $5 so take the credit card!

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